Robovie Wins First Robot Marathon


System Explorer 2.7.3 Download

This tool gives you fast access to the File Database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats. It comes in a portable edition, and oh, it’s FREE!

System Explorer main features:

  • Detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files.
  • Easy check of suspicious files via VirusTotalJotti service or our File Database.
  • Easy monitoring of processes activities and System changes.
  • Usage graphs of important System resources.
  • Tray Hint with detailed System and Battery status

Thanks go to MajorGeeks! |MG| System Explorer 2.7.3 Download.

Windows 7 SP1 – System Update Readiness Tool

Been waiting it out a bit to apply the SP1 update to my systems. Let’s see what issues come up and how to resolve them first, eh?

If you’re unable to apply the Service Pack 1 update to Windows 7, consider downloading and running this utility. Choose the version that applies to your installation:

According to a Microsoft support document published just a few days ago:

This tool is being offered because an inconsistency was found in the Windows servicing store which may prevent the successful installation of future updates, service packs, and software. This tool checks your computer for such inconsistencies and tries to resolve issues if found.

Appreciate that Microsoft, certain we’ll be needing that.

Thanks go to Ed Bott!

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New ThinkPad Laptops

Lenovo announced six new ThinkPad laptops – the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 – that maximize performance and offer a higher level of productivity for today’s mobile business professionals. These laptops are built upon a platform of new Lenovo innovations that respond to key business needs including: video and voice calling, smart PC features for power and performance management, all-day battery life, enterprise management and an intuitive, easy-to-use computing experience.

The ultra-thin, sub four pound ThinkPad T420s speeds up boot time 30 percent1 with Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0; the T420 reaches new battery life benchmarks of up to 30 hours with an extended battery; the W520 mobile workstation offers twice the performance of previous models; and the L Series gives customers recognized ThinkPad durable design at an exceptional value.

They’ve even made the ThinkPad laptops smarter by engineering self-aware technologies for unprecedented performance and power management capabilities.

Pricing and Availability:
The ThinkPad T, L and W Series will be available starting in March from Lenovo business partners and Pricing for the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 starts at approximately $1,329, $779, $909, $719, $719 and $1329, respectively.

Tablets, Compared

The New York Times has a real nice interactive guide with regards to new tablets. Some in preview and some that are out there.

The site will be updated as new information or models are released, so I thought I would tag it on the blog for all to see.

How to remove Rootkit.Win32.TDSS (aka Tidserv, TDSServ, Alureon)

This is a  nasty piece of malware that craps out your system. You can’t boot up and a boot disc “blue screens” your system.

After connecting the drive via USB cable to my forensic machine, I threw the usual malware removal tools at it first. Malwarebytes, SUPERAntiSpyware, and yes, Microsoft Security Essentials. MSE was the only one to recognize the rootkit and at least give me an idea as to what ailed this system. It was the Trojan:DOS/Alureon.A, which is an Alert Level Severe!

Unfortunately MSE couldn’t remove it, so it was going to take a special tool to scrub this bad boy from the master boot record and Kaspersky came to the rescue with TDSSKiller.exe.

I downloaded it to my forensic computer and just ran it, (by right clicking on the executable and running as an administrator), with the malware infested hard drive still attached via USB cable.

It very quickly found the rootkit and “Cured” it. I re-ran it just in case and I was good to go.

For more information, head on over to Kaspersky.

ANNIKA Academy | Golf Instruction School

Golf tips by Annika Sorenstam: Haven’t we all experienced playing very well for 14 holes and then beginning to throw shots away on the last few holes because of lack of focus or energy? Staying focused during a round of golf is crucial to your success on the course. Today, a typical round takes about 4.5 hours, which can make it difficult to fully concentrate on every shot. It can be both physically and mentally exhausting. Below are some key pointers on how to keep your concentration and focus while relaxing between shots.

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